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FAQs About Building a Storage Shed

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Storage sheds are a great solution for keeping some of your tools and equipment out of your garage and out of the elements. If the home you bought doesn’t have a storage shed, then you might be thinking about purchasing one. While these tend to be well made and come in a variety of sizes, they can be quite pricey depending on your budget. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about building a storage shed.

If you’re interested in saving money, then continue reading to learn what you need to know about building a storage shed. At SidekicK VSC, we offer the side-mounting lumber hauler you need to make your home improvement projects easier. Make sure to order our cargo carrier before you head to the home improvement store so that you’re prepared for all of the items you need to transport.

1. I have a large backyard. Where should I build my shed?

No matter how big your yard is, there are some important things to consider when placing your shed. First, make sure that it is not at the bottom of a hill or a low-lying area that tends to collect water. The excess moisture will slowly rot the wood, rust the metal, or blister the paint. Additionally, the moisture will create an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew to grow on both the shed and any items stored inside.

Make sure to pay attention to your property line as you generally cannot build within 10 feet of the rear property line and 15 feet from a side-lot line. Lastly, try to avoid the farthest corner of your yard. While you might think this looks nice and keeps it in a more out-of-the-way position, it will not be convenient when you need to walk back and forth across your lawn to retrieve the implements you need from your shed.

2. Do I need a building permit for a small storage shed?

There is a common misconception that you need a building permit only for storage shed of a certain size. The fact is that you have to apply for a building permit regardless of the size of your shed. The building inspector will need to make sure that you have built your storage shed to code so that no one has to worry about it sinking into the ground, having the roof collapse, or being blown over by strong winds. Additionally, they will make sure that your storage shed isn’t sitting over a septic system or crossing a property line.

Don’t risk having to take down your storage shed and start all over — apply for the building contract first. While we’re talking about preparedness issues, make sure to have the side-mounting lumber hauler from SidekicK VSC in your car so that you’re prepared to transport all of your items from your trip to the home improvement store.

3. Do I need a concrete slab for a storage shed?

In most cases, you don’t need to pour a concrete slab for your storage shed. If your shed is going to be built in an area that is below the grade of the rest of your yard, then you’ll need to make sure to have a concrete slab poured. If you’re not sure about how to pour concrete and check that it is level, then make sure that you hire a professional to take care of this important task. A good foundation will help to ensure the life of your shed.

4. At what angle should I build the roof to support snow and debris?

If you’re building your storage shed in the summer, then snow is probably one of the last concerns on your mind. While the weather might be hot and muggy right now, you need to remember that the roof of your shed will need to be strong enough to support the weight of snow that it will likely get this coming winter. With that in mind, make sure to avoid building a shallow-pitched roof as these generally don’t offer the strength or interior headroom that you’ll need.

A good angle for creating a strong roof is one that lies somewhere between 40 and 45 degrees. This angle should be sufficient for shedding snow so that you don’t have an excess amount build up that could cause the roof to cave in. Additionally, you’ll probably appreciate the added headroom when you’re inside the shed to get the items you need.

At SidekicK VSC, we’re proud to offer the lumber hauler you need for all of your home improvement projects. Our side-mounting cargo carrier is easy to assemble for use and disassemble for storage. Whether you plan on building a storage shed this summer or have other home improvement projects planned, make sure to browse our online store today to order yours!